AP Sports Wrap From December 25, 2015
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have gotten off to the best start in NBA history by draining a barrage of 3-pointers. They changed it up a little on Christmas Day while improving to 28-1, holding the Cavaliers to 32 percent shooting in an 89-83 victory over Cleveland.
Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the defending NBA champions won a matchup of last year's finals. Stephen Curry chipped in 19 points and Klay Thompson added 18 to help the Warriors earn their 32nd consecutive home win.
Cavs forward LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points and had nine rebounds but shot just 10-for-26 from the field. Kevin Love and Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving combined to miss 22 of their 31 attempts as the Cavaliers ended a six-game winning streak.
In other Christmas Day NBA hoops:
— San Antonio's seven-game winning streak is over after James Harden produced 20 points and nine assists in Houston's 88-84 triumph over the Spurs. Dwight Howard finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, while Terrence Jones came off the bench to added 14 points and six boards. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard had 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 for the Spurs, who fell to 25-6.
— The Chicago Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak as Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') had a double-double in a 105-96 victory over Oklahoma City. Gasol delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Derrick Rose added 19 points to help the Bulls cool off the Thunder. Oklahoma City lost for just the second time in 11 games despite near-triple-doubles from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant contributed 29 points, nine boards and seven assists, while Westbrook provided 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
— Chris Paul scored 23 points and had six assists and five rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Lakers 94-84 to halt a three-game skid. DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won eight straight against the Lakers and 12 of the last 13 meetings with their Staples Center co-tenants. Kobe Bryant scored 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting in his league-record 16th and final Christmas Day game.
— Miami churned out a 94-88 overtime win against New Orleans as Chris Bosh delivered 30 points and 10 rebounds in the Heat's seventh straight Christmas Day victory. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade's 19 points and Hassan Whiteside's 17 boards helped the Heat improve to a league-best 10-2 on the holiday. The Pelicans wasted a strong performance by Anthony Davis, who was good for 29 points and 15 boards while battling Bosh. Ryan Anderson finished with 18 points for the Pelicans, who are 5-5 since opening the season 4-15.
Jeffery doubtful for Bears
UNDATED (AP) — Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay because of a hamstring injury suffered in last Sunday's loss to Minnesota. The Bears' top receiver has played in just nine games this season due to various injuries.
Chicago also lists linebacker Shea McClellin as doubtful because of a concussion.
In other NFL news:
— Cornerback Dee Milliner is doubtful for the New York Jets' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday due to a strained hamstring. Milliner did not practice this week after being hurt in the Jets' 19-16 victory at Dallas last Saturday.
— Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn and linebacker James Morris were placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants because of leg injuries. The Giants signed two players from their practice squad, defensive end Brad Bars and tight end Matt LaCosse.
TOP 25- SCHEDULE
Sooners beat Crimson for tournament title
HONOLULU (AP) — No. 3 Oklahoma has kept its perfect record intact by winning the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
Buddy Hield (HEE'-uld) and Jordan Woodward each set career highs for points as the 10-1 Sooners knocked off Harvard 83-71 in the title game. Hield finished with 34 points on 11 of 14 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Woodward was 9 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line as the Sooners shot 50 percent from the floor.
Oklahoma remains one of five unbeaten teams in Division One.
Zena Edosomwan scored a career-high 25 points and had 16 rebounds for the Crimson.
AP-FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Serena grabs AP honor again
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has been selected as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time.
The No. 1 ranked player rolled up 50 first place votes in the balloting after coming within two wins becoming the first player since Steffi Graf to complete a season Grand Slam. After capturing the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon, Williams was knocked out of the US Open in the semifinals by Italy's Roberta Vinci.
Williams joins fellow tennis star Chris Evert as a four-time winner of the AP award. Only Babe Didrikson has more with six.
US World Cup hero Carli Lloyd finished second in the balloting, followed by UFC star Rhonda Rousey.